Strategic Planning

Our mission is to strengthen and support the environment for business and employment by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurs and new businesses and developing and growing existing businesses in the city and county.

The Action Plan for Jobs states that Entrepreneurship will continue to play a crucial role in creating jobs in the Irish economy. Recognizing the crucial role of startups to stimulate job creation, increase competiveness, innovation and growth in the economy the key action to put in place in 2013 is the alignment of Enterprise Board activities and Local Authority Economic units into new Local Enterprise Offices to support this goal.

This document outlines the goals to be achieved in addition to the smooth changeover to the activities of a fully-fledged LEO in order to ensure the activities of the GCCEB/LEO * is aligned to client supports and service delivery with appropriate targets and measures.


We face many difficult challenges in Galway. Whilst the number of people on the live register was almost 12% lower at the end of 2017 than 2016 (12,422 vs. 14,091) the rate remains high in places.

  • The city's number of unemployed now stands at 5,826
  • Ballinasloe -  the number of unemployed is 1,271
  • Clifden - the number of unemployed is 701
  • Gort  - the number of unemployed is 840
  • Loughrea - the number of unemployed is 1,270
  • Tuam - the number of unemployed is 1,744

The above figures from the Central Statistics Office represent the level of unemployment across Galway as of the end of May 2018.


Not only are there large numbers of unemployed people looking for work but there are a large amount of businesses struggling to keep overheads and employees paid. With a large geographical spread over 6000 KM² and a population of over 250,000 the GCCEB has a large territory and people to engage with which places a burden on capability of delivery with reduced staff levels and resources.  There are a number of contexts in which the GCCEB sees opportunities to assists businesses within Galway city and county.

  • Existing businesses struggling due to the economic downturn
  • New business which are identifying a demand in the market place for a product or services and seek supports to starting up
  • Existing  businesses which are looking to diversify, expand their business or change direction
  • New startups by those who are unemployed and are utilising their own skills or using the opportunity to work on a nascent idea that they may have been harbouring while in the workforce, with a focus on women returning to the workforce
  • A strong focus on assisting existing businesses to look to export markets
  • Students   who   are   going   through   the   educational   system   and   are   unaware   of entrepreneurship and the supports available

Our five objectives are:

1. Business Information and Advisory Services

To contribute to a dynamic environment that is supportive of entrepreneurs and their new enterprises and the development and growth of existing businesses in the city and county

2. Enterprise Support Services

To focus on the needs of existing enterprises, to enhance their competitiveness, innovation and management capability and, where an aspiration for growth exists, to work in partnership with the company to support its growth and development.

3. Entrepreneurship Support Services

To provide appropriate supports to assist entrepreneurs create new enterprises within Galway city and county, particularly those with the potential to grow and develop.

4. Local Enterprise Development Services

To focus on the needs of existing enterprises, to enhance their competitiveness, innovation and management capability and, where an aspiration for growth exists, to work in partnership with the company to support its growth and development.

5. Partnerships

To work with other agencies and organisations in a spirit of partnership for the good of enterprise and entrepreneurs in the city and county.

 

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